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  • Spiral-bound: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications; Spi Pap/Co edition (19 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786676450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786676453
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.9 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jazz drummer, author, and educator Steve Fidyk has toured and recorded with Maureen McGovern, New York Voices, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, The Capitol Bones, The Taylor/Fidyk Big Band, an ensemble he co-leads with Stan Kenton arranger Mark Taylor, and is currently the drummer with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble from Washington D.C. As a leader, Fidyk s discography includes: Big Kids (U.S. Roots), A Perfect Match (Write Groove), and Live at Blues Alley (OA2) and can be heard on over 50 recordings as a contributing artist. As an educator, Fidyk is percussion editor for Mel Bay Publications and has authored: The Drum Set SMART Book, Inside the Big Band Drum Chart, Jazz Drum Set Independence! 3/4, 4/4, and 5/4 Time Signatures, and an instructional DVD entitled Set Up and Play! For information on these methods, please visit www.melbay.com. He has also recorded over 75 jazz play-along volumes for the Hal Leonard Corporation and contributed drum transcriptions to Drum Standards and Peter Erskine s The Drum Perspective. Fidyk has served on the faculty at Wilkes University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, George Mason University and The University of Maryland and is presently a member of the jazz faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Music Education from Wilkes University. Steve Fidyk endorses Ludwig Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, DW Pedals, and Latin Percussion products.

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By M J W on 13 Jan. 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
A lot of hard work has gone into this collection and it is expensive. The downside is, the charts need page turns which make it difficult for the student when playing along with the tracks, plus there are only six charts. More shorter charts would of been easier for the learner but there is a lot of useful information in both the book and on the D V D.
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Fairly Average - More helpful books elsewhere... 6 Oct. 2010
By andy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I bought this book hoping it would be a good start point to big band drumming.
I give it 3 stars because it's poorly laid out and is very cluttered in how the music is written. It explains things fairly briefly and there are NO track markings for the audio CD, it just says 'MP3' and you have to trawl through all the tracks to find which one it is referring to.
Also, many of the mp3 egs do NOT have a count in, which is not very helpful when you are trying to practice along...
The book has many pages, but it you want value for money, you would do better if you spread your purchases over a few different books eg "Chart reading workbook for drummers" (which explains everything beautifully, and has audio tracks that are tagged properly and are referred to clearly throughout), and another book that tackles these things in a more inviting way.

I feel like returning it, but would probably cost me more to post back than it's worth... (from Australia...)

Disappointed!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great idea gone wrong. 19 Mar. 2012
By William L. Horley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This is a very good idea and both the drumming and the band are excellent, however; the notation of the charts is disgraceful, and speaking as a professional 'Big Band Drummer' with more than 35 years experience, these are definitely not the sort of charts an aspiring drummer would ever see. The examples showing how to play phrases are very good but there is no written explanation of why a particular figure would be played this way. A great shame.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
WOW!!! BIG BAND AT IT BEST!!! 16 July 2008
By Kevin Podaima - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Excellent Big Band Method!!! CD and DVD are a fine addition to the book!! If you watch the DVD first it pumps you up to want to learn this style of music!!! Being wire bound is another excellent feature of this product!!! If you are a fan of Big Band Music or want to learn this style!! This book is an absolute must!!!
Very Good 12 Jun. 2013
By Frank May - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Covers all aspects of big band reading, good exercises, tips, interviews with top drummers, and charts to play-along with discs. One of the discs is a video showing Steve playing the charts. I don't give it five stars because I feel one of the charts is too long and could have been written in a better way.
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